Eva steps down from Fairphone

Hi everyone,

Today we have quite sad news for the Fairphone community.

Our amazing CEO, Eva Gouwens, has made the bittersweet decision to step down from her post as of 1 September 2023. Eva joined Fairphone in 2017, and took over as CEO in 2018, tasked with scaling up Fairphone’s operations and impact. We are very proud of what she has achieved in her six-year run as our leader, making Fairphone the most sustainable option in the world when it comes to smartphones.

As a company, Fairphone grew by leaps and bounds, in terms of team strength, product portfolio, and actual impact. Early this year, Fairphone successfully secured a sizeable investment to scale its impact and we are now confidently entering our next growth next phase with new investors. While Eva moves on, Fairphone’s management team and supervisory board - Josephine de Zwaan, Eelco Blok and Bas van Abel - will be leading Fairphone during the transition period.

You can read the full note here: Eva steps down - Fairphone


What a big gasp on the eve of the anniversary :astonished:

Thanks for turning Fairphone into unprecedented success and impact! @anon88190582


Thanks for the hard work Eva. Good luck with your next challenge.


Sad to hear this. Thank you @anon88190582 for your inspiration in the last years.
Good luck and a happy hand in your next challenge.


Sorry to see you are leaving, however, awesome job; thanks for all the success you helped bring.

Good luck and best wishes for the future!


@anon88190582 Thank you for your hard work and commitment.
Succes in the future.


I think it helped a lot to have this strong lady onboard. My respect Eva. There should be more of your kind.

After making Tony’s Chocolonely a well know brand she popped into Fairphone and lifted it onto a higher level.
I believe she’s out for the next challenge and consider Fairphone as an epitaxial product that should be grown enough to keep up in the business.

Who knows where Fairphone had landed without her efforts.
And not to forget, there was a pandemic and Fairphone remains in business.

I’m curious where her next business strike will land.

Best of luck Eva! :four_leaf_clover:


Hi @anon88190582,
Very sad (and surprised) to see you go, you are leaving big shoes to fill! Best of luck with your next adventure :slight_smile:


Thanks @anon88190582 for your endeavours and achievements for Fairphone! All the best for your future


Noud Tillemans will be Interim CEO.


On the same blog now: Eva steps down, Noud to be interim CEO - Fairphone

Update: August 25, 2023: Starting on September 1, 2023, Fairphone’s CFO and Managing Director, Noud Tillemans, will be stepping in as Interim CEO. As a long-standing member of the Management Team, Noud will be leading Fairphone through the transitory period and will cooperate with the Supervisory Board and new shareholders in the recruitment and selection of a new Chief Executive Officer. Read the statement by outgoing CEO Eva Gouwens below.